Event | Whaling Captains of Color on 6/7/22

Martha’s Vineyard author, Skip Finley will lead the audience on his journey of discovery on Tuesday, June 7th at 7pm at Linden Place Hosted by Linden Place Tuesday, June 7th at 7pm on site at Linden Place500 Hope Street, Bristol, RI 02809 Whaling was the first American industry to exhibit any diversity, and the proportion … Continue reading Event | Whaling Captains of Color on 6/7/22

Event | Portland’s Complicity in African Enslavement on 5/29

Hosted by First Parish Unitarian Universalist Sunday, May 29, 2022, at 10 a.m.First Parish Unitarian Universalist425 Congress St.Portland, Maine Seth Goldstein, instructor at Maine College of Art and educational director of Atlantic Black Box, will speak Sunday, May 29, 2022, at 10 a.m. at First Parish Unitarian Universalist, 425 Congress St. His two-part talk will … Continue reading Event | Portland’s Complicity in African Enslavement on 5/29

Event | Maine Seafaring Families and the Atlantic Slave Trade

Hosted by Maine Maritime Museum Thursday, May 19, 2022 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Register here Kate McMahon, a leading scholar in New England’s complicity in the Atlantic Slave Trade, will share her latest research that implicates Maine ship captains, shipbuilding families, and the direct and indirect ways Maine’s shipbuilding industry perpetuated an American economy … Continue reading Event | Maine Seafaring Families and the Atlantic Slave Trade

Opportunity | Summer Fellowships for Reimagining New England Histories: Historical Injustice, Sovereignty, and Freedom

SUMMER FELLOWSHIPS WILL REIMAGINE NEW ENGLAND’S PAST Learn more and apply here During the summer of 2022, Munson Institute classes will be a part of the  Reimagining New England Histories: Historical Injustice, Sovereignty and Freedom project. The Frank C. Munson Institute at Mystic Seaport Museum, in collaboration with the Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice … Continue reading Opportunity | Summer Fellowships for Reimagining New England Histories: Historical Injustice, Sovereignty, and Freedom

Opportunity | Mystic Seaport Museum Summer Internship

Summer 2022 | Monday, June 6 through Friday, August 12, 2022 Learn more here Spend your summer on the banks of the beautiful Mystic River as you learn more about museums and the maritime world. The summer internship program at Mystic Seaport Museum is for college students interested in pursuing a career in museum studies, … Continue reading Opportunity | Mystic Seaport Museum Summer Internship

Abolition and the Underground Railroad in Essex County

By Gordon Harris The Fugitive Slave Acts By the time of the United States Constitutional Convention in 1787, many Northern states including Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut had already abolished slavery, but Article 4 of the Constitution included a clause that, “no person held to service or labor” would be released from … Continue reading Abolition and the Underground Railroad in Essex County

ABB event tonight | Mutiny on the Rising Sun with Dr. Jared Hardesty @ 5 pm

Next up in our What Happened Here speaker series: a tragic tale of slavery, smuggling, and chocolate connected to Boston's Old North Church Hosted by Atlantic Black Box Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 5:00 pm ET Register here On the night of June 1, 1743, terror struck the schooner Rising Sun. After completing a routine … Continue reading ABB event tonight | Mutiny on the Rising Sun with Dr. Jared Hardesty @ 5 pm

Events | Historic Beverly on The Enslaved of Hale Farm and “Set at Liberty” throughout February

Hosted by Historic Beverly February Spotlight Talks Free to all, no registration required. attend using this link Get the inside story on objects, historical events, and historic houses with these individual Spotlight Tours and Historic House Spotlights. These tours are casual, intimate conversations that take place for a specified 15-minute timeslot throughout the month. Topics change … Continue reading Events | Historic Beverly on The Enslaved of Hale Farm and “Set at Liberty” throughout February

Call for Volunteers | A descendant is requesting research assistance

Help Carol track the man who sold her ancestors "Partridge Thatcher was a resident of New Milford, Connecticut.  Around the year 1749, he purchased two enslaved children from a man named Captain Jabez Dean of Norwich, according to the book History of New Milford and Bridgewater, Connecticut, written in 1882.  I am descended from these children. Their … Continue reading Call for Volunteers | A descendant is requesting research assistance

Events | Black History of Maine with Bob Greene, online 1/25/22 and in-person 1/27/22

Bob Greene, 2021 recipient of the Maine Historical Society’s Neal Allen Award, will be presenting two talks this week—one virtual for Maine's Lewiston Public Library and the other in person at Rockland Public Library. Hosted by the Lewiston Public Library Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at 5:30 PM Register here for virtual talk Did you know that … Continue reading Events | Black History of Maine with Bob Greene, online 1/25/22 and in-person 1/27/22

Event | Portland’s Complicity in the Economics of Atlantic World African Enslavement on 1/29/22

Hosted by Spirits Alive Saturday, January 29 at 1:30 pm ET Register here Historian Seth Goldstein will discuss Portland’s complex relationship with Atlantic world African enslavement. Through a deep dive into what was known as “The West Indies Trade,” Seth will explain how various commodities like lumber and salt cod from Maine were shipped to … Continue reading Event | Portland’s Complicity in the Economics of Atlantic World African Enslavement on 1/29/22

ABB Event | Mutiny on the Rising Sun with Dr. Jared Hardesty on 1/27/22

Next up in our What Happened Here speaker series: a tragic tale of slavery, smuggling, and chocolate connected to Boston's Old North Church Hosted by Atlantic Black Box Thursday, January 27, 2022, 5:00 PM EST Register here On the night of June 1, 1743, terror struck the schooner Rising Sun. After completing a routine smuggling … Continue reading ABB Event | Mutiny on the Rising Sun with Dr. Jared Hardesty on 1/27/22

Event tonight | Atlantic Black Box: Collectively Rewriting the Story of New England @ 6:30 pm

Hosted by Freeport Historical Society Thu, Dec 2, 2021, 6:30 PM EST Register here Meadow Dibble, PhD, will share how communities across New England are actively recovering the suppressed history of region's deep investment in the Atlantic world economy of enslavement New England has long repressed the memory of its complicity in Atlantic world slavery, … Continue reading Event tonight | Atlantic Black Box: Collectively Rewriting the Story of New England @ 6:30 pm

ABB Event | A People’s History of Portland, Guided Tour

Hosted by Atlantic Black Box and Indigo Arts Alliance A guided tour highlighting the stories of Portland's historically marginalized communities Register here Atlantic Black Box and Indigo Arts Alliance invite you to engage with memory, art, and place through the latest offering in our ReMapping New England series. Taking inspiration from Howard Zinn's A People's … Continue reading ABB Event | A People’s History of Portland, Guided Tour

Event | Transatlantic Slavery Symposium 8/9-13

Hosted by Benjamin Franklin House in London, George Washington’s Mount Vernon, and Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello Register here The Transatlantic Slavery Symposium is a joint venture between the Robert H. Smith Scholarship Centre at Benjamin Franklin House in London, the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, … Continue reading Event | Transatlantic Slavery Symposium 8/9-13

Event | Guided Tour: “A Quest to Thrive: Economics of Slavery & Portsmouth’s Early Black Community”

Hosted by the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire Led by Sankofa Scholar & Tour Guide Angela Matthews Sunday, June 27, 2021 at 2:00 pm Register here Institutionalized slavery in Colonial America provided immense wealth and material culture to many European immigrants and their descendants in the Americas, as Portsmouth’s house museums bear witness. This … Continue reading Event | Guided Tour: “A Quest to Thrive: Economics of Slavery & Portsmouth’s Early Black Community”

Building a Better Black Box

By Meadow Dibble What you are looking at is a document chest believed to have belonged to Elijah Cobb (1768–1848), one of New England’s most celebrated sea captains and the founding father of my hometown on Cape Cod. You might even call it a 19th-century black box, since the purpose of this object, like that … Continue reading Building a Better Black Box

For Whaling Captains, Diversity Flourished

By Skip Finley Many splendid homes on Martha’s Vineyard were built by whaling captains, but little has been written about the origin of the money that allowed their construction. For 156 years — from 1738 to 1894 — whaling dominated the economy on Martha’s Vineyard. Capt. Joseph Belain painting by Elizabeth Whalen Southern New England … Continue reading For Whaling Captains, Diversity Flourished